South Tama/East Marshall's girls soccer team hosted Ballard on Friday on a cold, blustery day, with temps in the low 50s, threatening skies and strong ESE winds of 25-30 mph. ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal; Sadie Kavalier, Haliee Weiss and Katie Behounek in defense; Megan Wanatee, Grace Kavalier, Sam Frundle and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field; and Araceli Angel, Ericka Dunning and Carmen Angel up front. This is a starting lineup that was created because to injury and illness.
The ST/EM team came out with a 3-4-3 formation, trying to generate better scoring chances, but Ballard, with its speed up front, caused the Trojans to drop back to a 4-4-2 formation. Both teams were solid in defense, with neither team getting anything going.
ST/EM had a great chance to score in the 23rd minute. Dunning had a shot from the wing that the Ballard goalie had to deflect. Dunning got the rebound but shot right at the goalie on the ground, who stopped the scoring opportunity.
Ballard finally got on the board at the 30-minute mark. Araceli Angel had a good shot two minutes later, but right at the goalie for a easy save. Wanatee had a hard shot right before half, but to no avail.
The second half found the game being again an up and down affair. Behounek had a free kick from 35 yards out, but the shot was just wide at the 45-minute mark. Frundle had a couple of good looks, but again right at the goalie. Bradley had a couple of looks but could not find the back of the net. Ballard put the game away with a goal at the 78-minute mark with a rebound off a nice save by Earley. Ballard followed that up with the final goal of the game a minute later. Ballard won the game 3-0.
ST/EM played hard and created chances for themselves tonight, but just could not find the back of the net. The team played hard and was in the game until the last two minutes. It was anyone's game to that point, but again a second game with just one sub finally caught up with the players and they just ran out of gas.
"I can not fault the effort of the team," head coach Bob McBain said. "They gave everything they had and never gave up."
Corners were three for ST/EM and four for Ballard. Shots were 16 for ST/EM and 20 for Ballard, while shots of goal were 12 for ST/EM and 15 for Ballard. So the game was fairly even and it was a good game.
The Trojans will be getting a couple of players back from injuries before the next time they play, whick should help, as the players coming back will be in the defense, and have been starters for the past three years. The team then will be able to put players in their normal positions.
On Thursday, ST/EM hosted Hudson on a nice evening for a soccer match. The ST/EM team took the opening kick and the game was on.
With the makeshift lineup, the defense was tested, but the game was not strictly played in front of the ST/EM goal. ST/EM tried to mount attacks, but could not sustain any serious attacks.
Hudson finally got on the board at the 20-minute mark with a score from a corner kick. Hudson scored again at the 31-minute mark and the 37-minute mark for a 3-0 halftime score. ST/EM had their best chance at the 35-minute mark with a free kick by Kate that had beat the goalie to the near post but was just wide.
In the second half, Hudson came right out and increased the lead to 4-0 with a goal in the 43rd minute. ST/EM again picked up its game and had some good looks but to no avail. Dunning had a good shot that was right at the Hudson goalie. Wanatee had three good looks, with the best one coming at the 72-minute mark on a shot that the Hudson goal had to make a good save on. Bradley had a couple of chances but to no avail. Hudson scored twice more for a 6-0 win.
"The team played well, but experience was an issue today," McBain said. "With five players starting this game that have not played soccer until this year, it showed. The defense played well, and the mid-field improved as the game went on. Earley had a good game and had good quality saves. She came out of the goal more than once to save a shot or knock the ball away. She continues to improve this aspect of her game and helps the defense, knowing that she can do this.
"The team continues to play hard, and to work as a team," he said. "At the same time, it can be frustrating, knowing that the team should be better, but injuries and illness have caused the team to adjust, and players playing in positions that are not their normal positions. This is frustrating to the players, but they understand as well, that when players get better, and back, we will be a better team for all the adversity we are going through right now. Players are not giving up and everyone is doing their part."
The Trojans' next game will be Monday when they travel to Denver for a varsity doubleheader, with the girls first followed by the boys.